Angela was lying on the sofa,watching a
programme on the television when David
entered.She had kept her business on hold for
the time being.
She walked up and welcomed him.
“Honey,i have been feeling somehow for days
“How have you been feeling?”David asked
jokingly,smiling and staring at her.
“I’m serious,”Angela made a face,”i think i
should visit a doctor”
“I am a doctor.Visit me.Or let me examine
you”David playfully touched almost all part of
her body,examining it,leaving Angela
wondering why he’s acting so funny.
He had been acting funny and pampering her
like an egg lately.
“I have detected the problem”He announced.
“It’s like something good happened today”She
guessed,rolling her eyes.
“I will show you”He whispered and took her off
the ground in his arms like a baby,running into
the bedroom.Angela only laughed out loud as
he carried her.Her husband has gone crazy
David landed her on the bed and produced the
pregnancy report the doctor gave to him.
“This is the result”He handed it over to her.
Angela hastily opened the envelope and
brought out the paper in it,reading it silently.
“Who is Angela Dike?”she asked.
“Who else if not you my Angel?”David clasped
his palms together,”Please Angel,don’t get
angry with me for not telling you”
Angela was dumbfounded.Something told her
those feelings of hers were signs of pregnancy
but she wasn’t so sure because she never
experienced it before.She screamed in joy,tears
of joy dropping from her eyes as she hugged
David,overwhelmed with joy,trying to stop the
tears but they kept coming.
David kissed the tears dry,happy too that she
Just as they got down on the bed in their happy
romantic mood,the sweet voice of Rihanna
“Shine bright like a diamond”
“Shine bright like a diamond” coming from
Angela’s phone disturbed them.David
“A minute honey.pleeease”Angela begged and
reached for the phone in her pocket.
It was Ebere calling.
“Hello baby”Angela spoke into the phone.
“Angela its Mike”Mike responded with a shaky
voice at the other end.Angela noticed the
abnormality in his voice and sat up.
“Mike what’s the problem?”She asked,hearing
“Angelaa.Baby is dead.Ebere is dead”Mike cried.
What?!”Angela screamed in disbelief.Her
hands were trembling and she lost hold of her
phone.The phone fell to the ground,with the
sobbing voice of Mike still coming from it.
“What’s going on?”David asked.
Angela quickly picked up the phone.
“Mike what are you saying? What happened?
She wasn’t sick”Angela jabbed,trying not to
believe it but equally aware that death isn’t
something anybody would joke with.
“We just returned from sharing our wedding
invitation cards and she said she wanted to rest
and laid down sleeping.Later on, in her sleep i
heard her pleading for her life,saying she would
bring the lady for the sacrifice.Before i ran to
her to wake her up,she was no gone”Mike cried
like a baby on the phone.
“Oh noo.God whyyy? Whyyy now that
something good is about coming her
way?”Angela pulled at her hair,her ever ready
tears wetted her face.
“Ebere is dead”She told the inquisitive David
who kept demanding to know what
happened,and rushed to her wardrobe to
“I’m coming with you”David called after her as
she hurriedly made for the door.
David’s car pulled into Mike’s compound.Angela
didn’t even wait for him to park well before she
came down from the car,leaving the door open.
People were already there.Some were trooping
in in-twos and threes while some were going
Mike was being comforted at one corner by his
“Where is Baby?”Angela rushed at Mike,who
was more hurt than anyone else.He was crying
and shedding tears.Something he couldn’t
remember when last he did.
“Take it easy,”One of Mike’s friend urged
her,”she is still inside.The ambulance is yet to
Angela ran inside to see her.She wanted to see
for herself before believing.She wanted to see
her and tell her “Baby,wake up Angel is here” if
she ignores her,that would tell her that it was
really happening.A reality,not a dream.
But when she shook her,calling her all the
sweet names she new and she just lay
there,speechless,cold shivers ran through
her.Ebere was stiff.She felt she was shaking a
log of wood,not her own Ebere.It then dawned
on her that she was gone.Gone for life.
Angela threw herself to the ground,crying out
her eyes.She couldn’t believe Ebere was
gone.Gone to the land of no return.Forever.
David,who followed her every move came and
consoled her,seeing it purely on her that she
was truly hurt by the demise of her friend.
“No amount of crying can bring her back
now.Don’t throw yourself to the ground again
please.Have you forgotten that you are
pregnant?”David easily pulled her up from the
Few minutes later,the ambulance came and
Ebere’s corpse was taken to the
mortuary.Angela watched with great fear,in
David’s arms,how Ebere’s corpse was taken
down from the ambulance.
She looked into the large room and saw
uncountable number of dead people lying
there.Soon,her friend would join them.
She saw the little note written at the entrace
which read”WE WERE ONCE LIKE YOU.ONE
DAY,YOU WILL BE LIKE US” Angela shook her
head but it was the real fact.
“shine bright like a diamond”
“shine bright like a diamond”
Angela was still brooding in the bedroom when
her phone rang.She ignored it.Since David was
now at home,waiting for call up from his
company due to the suspension he got for
missing work for days without asking for
permission,he offered to do the cooking and
made her promise him should would not cry
again.He never expected such a sad incident to
happen today of all days.Today that his wife
discovered she was pregnant.He expected she
would be full of happiness and smiles but things
had turned the opposite way.
He had asked Angela the essence of crying for
someone whom attempted killing her but the
question kind of got her angry.Poor David had
The phone did not stop ringing.Angela wiped
her tears and reached for it.It was her father.
“Good afternoon Dad”She spoke into the
phone,trying really hard to make her voice
“Good afternoon my Angel.This one you are
sounding like this,what happened? Have you
been crying?”Mr.uwa asked.
“Dad.Ebere is dead”She announced coldly.
“what? What happened to her.I thought her
marriage in coming up in few days
time?”Mr.uwa asked,not believing her ears.
Angela couldn’t say anything else.Making him
come up with the reason why he called.
“Please i need you to come over immediately.I
think there is something you need to know.Its a
good news”He said.
“Alright Dad”Angela responded before the line